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It is cold and flu season again. It comes around every year and it seems like every year I get sick. I already have my first cold of the season. We can’t completely avoid getting sick, we don’t live in isolated bubbles. No matter how diligent we are we still live with the human race and we love some of the germiest people on earth AKA kids and grandkids.

I have included 4 links to websites by WebMD, Prevention.com, CDC, and a home health care site. They all have great tips on how to prevent yourself and others from getting the nasty stuff that goes around.

The biggest most important tip is to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. There have countless studies that show when you cover up you do not spread germs. Kleenex, Puffs, Kirkland, Chandaria, and a whole bunch of other companies make inexpensive facial tissues that are perfect for keeping the spread of germs in check.

The second biggest tip is to wash your hands with soap and water. Every time you go to the bathroom and every time you cough or sneeze. None of us want your gross germs; please wash them down the drain. If you can’t wash your hands at least use handsanitizer it is better than nothing.

Just so you know if you do not do these two simple things people are going to want to hose you down with a disinfectant like Lysol. There have been many a time I have wanted to; the only thing that stopped me is I didn’t have any. I worked with a woman who would do that, not very nice but very effective. Just an FYI this is not a recommended use of that product.

A third tip is once you are feeling better besides cleaning everything with a disinfectant like Clorox or Purell or Lysol wipes get a new toothbrush. Your toothbrush is a major source of germs and if you can’t get a new one at least soak it in Listerine. Kill as many of the sick germs as you can so you don’t make yourself sick again.

So please be considerate, cover your face and wash your hands. You do not want us spraying you down with Lysol.

http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/11-tips-prevent-cold-flu

http://www.prevention.com/health/9-cold-and-flu-facts

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/

http://homehealthcareconnection.org/2015/10/cold-and-flu-prevention-tips/

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Benjamin Franklin wrote a book called Early Rising and one of his famous quotes is “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”

Aristotle is quoted as saying “It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth and wisdom.”

I have always been an early riser, if the sun is up so am I. I call myself a reverse vampire once the sun goes down so do I. I would rather get up at 2 in the morning than go to bed at 2 in the morning.

I get up between 4 and 4:30 every weekday and about 5:30 on the weekends. I find the early mornings peaceful and productive. Within 10 minutes of getting up I am on my exercise bike or doing T-25 or even taking my dog for a walk.

I find if I exercise right away in the morning it adds more clarity to my day. It gives me extra energy and generally makes my day more productive. I usually get the bulk of my difficult tasks done before 10:00 am.

Evidently I am considered a “Lark” because I like to be up early and those who like to stay up late are “Night Owls.” WebMD did study and found that more women tend to be larks and more men tend to be night owls. Their study also mentions that people who are Larks tend to get more sleep and sleep better. We all know that sleep is very important to success. A lack of sleep leads to mistakes and illness.

An article by Dr. Michael Breus in the Huffington post discusses physical differences in Lark and Night Owl’s brains. The evidence suggests that those who are Night Owls have “reduced integrity of white matter in several areas of the brain. White matter is fatty tissue in the brain that facilitates communication among nerve cells. Diminished integrity of the brain’s white matter has been linked to depression and to disruptions of normal cognitive function

I have found that when I try to be a night owl for a period of time I am not as productive nor as happy as I am when I go with my natural Lark tendencies.

Because I get up so early I also go to bed early. I generally go to bed around 8. So please do not call me after that.

 

http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/early-bird-night-owl

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-michael-j-breus/night-owl-sleep_b_4276411.html

 

 

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